Café Milano

4.7
3209 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Dear Cafe Milano Guests,
It is a great delight to welcome you back to our restaurant! As always, we remain committed to a safe clean work environment for all guests and employees. Thank you and Buon Appetito!

Due to social distancing guidelines, space and limited tables; OUTDOOR DINING will have a two hour time limit per reservation. INDOOR DINING is now also available during phase two with social distancing guidelines.
DINE IN

Sunday through Tuesday 11:30AM – 11:00PM

Wednesday through Saturday 11:30AM – 11:30PM

Reservation: OpenTable | 202-333-6183 | guestservices@cafemilano.com

CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE
We are open for Contactless Curbside Pick-up service. A la Carte dishes complimented by an array of sparkling, white, rose, and red wine options. We kindly ask that orders are placed a minimum of 30 minutes in advance. You may also place your order for delivery or pick-up online at https://www.trycaviar.com/m/cafe-milano-23104
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3209 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
ambience
4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very refreshing to have a truly professional wait staff.
Food taste and quality was very good.
We made the mistake of sitting outside on a blistering hot day.
The outside would be more beautiful in the evening.

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vipMARK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time

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vipRobinG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Milano is simply EXCELLENT in every way. The staff, food, service, ambiance - all provide the customer with the most attentive and amazing service and food. We frequently dine here and bring special guests and family as well because we know it will be a superior and very enjoyable experience. Cafe Milano snd Laurent and the entire restaurant = ⭐️ gold standard of excellence in my opinion. 🙏🏻💯 We appreciate the level of care they take for all their customers.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience with extremely friendly staff. Food was incredible s s the evening was capped with a complimentary tiramisu. Would definitely go back again

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday and Father’s Day celebration!!

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vipAdriannaH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid service and delicious food as usual.

FM
FrankM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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Polly
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waiter slightly abrupt and not really attentive. Usually service at this restaurant is outstanding so we were a bit surprised with the behavior.. we never received bread a basket or was asked about our meal.. however that being said the food quality and ambiance were excellent. Will plan to return in future

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bradleyp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server, Mr. Candido, has become a friend over the years. He is a Cafe Milano treasure.

JW
vipJefferyW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again, Cafe Milano never disappoints and thoroughly exceeded my lofty expectations. One can really live the great life, smell the roses along the way at Cafe Milano. The octopus was cooked and served to perfections in tandem to the Veal Parmigiano; ample portions served by professionals who seem to authentically love to serve and always exceed dinners' expectations!!! Cheers.

DL
DemetriaL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my sister here for an early birthday/ bridal outing and we had such a lovely experience! The staff is beyond friendly and helpful- everyone from the front desk, the bartender, the server and support staff- treated us like we were important. Food was incredible! Service is friendly and professional. Even the dirty martini was perfectly executed so I now know why Café Milano has stood the test of time: class and taste never go out of style !

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vipBrittanyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had a delicious brunch! I would recommend this restaurant.

DG
vipDrGDC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always feels like home - service and food excellent as always!

JW
vipJefferyW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Anwar, was simply awesome and this restaurant never disappoints with regard to amazing ambiance, superior service, and stunning and generous food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service a bit useless

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LisaK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ate here for our anniversary last night, and found it to be way overrated! The quantity of food you get for your money is a rip off. $18 cocktails were less than average and the decor, etc is dated. One of the toilets in the ladies restroom was literally whining after flushing....for a long time. They also charge $7.50 for flat water. There are far better choices in DC, and ones that are a far better value.

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TornoraC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent!!! Everyone was polite, friendly, and knowledgeable of the menu. This is an upscale restaurant that was worth the money!!! My veal was cooked to perfection, moist, tender, seasoned and succulent! I recommend this restaurant to anyone who would like to treat themselves to a nice expensive dinner.

AM
vipAishaM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good vibes, great food, and exceptional service! Always a great time. Thank you!

LW
LindaW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night celebrating a birthday and graduation.

DL
vipDorianL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Confirmation.

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Prince
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Cafe Milano continues to be a well run institution of sorts with a robust menu and a great ambiance, well laid out and refreshing itself while keeping its core.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Massive long wait time, spent 20 min standing before they sat us down even with our reservation
Hostess was unpleasant when we followed up on when we would be seated
Servers were almost rude, not even answering when we would thank them
They didn’t bring Plates even when our starter was on the table
We had to wait 15 min for our Drinks (not even water was put on the table)
Food was sub par, lacking taste and even the cooking point of the pasta wasn’t right

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vipMichael
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Meat was over cooked. Waiter ARGUED with us about this. Told us there was no more steaks left. Manager came. Said otherwise. They brought a better steak. What a hassle.

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NicH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have eaten at Cafe Milano many times but not since the pandemic. The restaurant was crowded and the service was very good as per our prior experiences. But the food was not up to their usual... We had 4 different appetizers among the 4 of us. Portions were definitely smaller that when we have ordered the same appetizers before. Octopus was just ok. Burrata was so so and the tomato it was served with was not ripe enough and hard. Beef carpaccio and the tuna were good but not outstanding. We had 2 people order the risottos and while the seafood risotto was quite good, the Milanese was just ok... have had it before and was very good. My husband ordered the Veal chop Milanese and was disappointed in it, especially for the price. Desserts were adequate but not something we would order again.
Given our bill of close to $800 for 4 people (with only a $130 bottle of wine as our alcohol), we were disappointed this visit. Since out prior visits have been much better, we will likely give them another try in the future but would not order the same things....
Hope this is not a downward trend for them....

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TebaO
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attention to detail service! Great ambiance also!

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vipJason
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

T h e B e s t ! ! ! A l w a y s an amazing experience. Incredible atmosphere, cuisine and service. Always thankful for our night out at Milano!

JD
vipJasonD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After all these years, Café Milano remains a wonderful place for a nice Italian meal and great people watching. The outdoor seating options are great and the bar is always fun too.

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GloriaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everybody is so kind from the moment you check in at the host stand until you you receive the bill. The waiters are all professional. The food is never disappointing. The atmosphere is lively and fun without being too loud. Love love love this restaurant. Moved here from San Francisco

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TheyDeserveThisReview
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. So nice to
see everything back post-pandemic. And a lovely outdoor seating area added. Grazie!

DD
vipDiningDan
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Milano is always a scene and has a great buzz. Having said that, the service is at best mechanical and not particularly attentive. Waiters are very busy and seldom stop by. Still fun and the food was excellent.

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ScottC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent and the service was great. Prices were reasonable for a restaurant of high quality in DC

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vipAmyR
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - cafe Milano is always a favorite and it never disappoints. ThAnks for a delicious and beautiful evening!

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Manny
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding experience, Absolutely love the place.

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Ameena
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and dessert, beautiful ambience, well timed service, and wonderful drinks. I can't wait to go back. Cafe Milano is better than ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Food was delicious, service was laughably horrible. I’ve never had a waiter stand three feet away from me and just stare at me as I ate. The moment I would take my last bite, as I was still chewing, someone would come to clear my plate away. Wait staff clearly wanted to give our table to someone else and was able to hustle us through a $200 three-course meal in an hour flat. Not my idea of a fine dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Not worth the money. Food was fine, but nothing creative, inventive or special - particularly considering the prices. Felt like the chef and the staff (who were inattentive, even though the restaurant was practically empty) were phoning it in.

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vipspscott
Western NC
34 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Last night was disappointing. Usually have an exceptional experience. However the manager took good care of us after hearing our server did not.

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brunof
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Mauro the sommelier was amazing His knowledge about wine was off the charts. Very great experience overall.

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vipLifeIsShort
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. My only complaint is the noise-outside is quieter, inside can be difficult.

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Café Milano offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 333-6183.

Café Milano is rated 4.7 stars by 3209 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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